Asia Cup 2018, Fourth Match, India vs Hong Kong – India won by 26 runs
Tuesday, September 19, 2018, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Chasing 286 to victory, Hong Kong openers Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath shared a 174-run stand for the first wicket – Hong Kong’s highest partnership in ODIs till date for any wicket! At one stage, openers seemed to have taken Hong Kong home quite comfortably. Just after both these batsmen departed, floodgates opened and Hong Kong fell short of the target by 26 runs.
Indian pacers, Bhuvneshwar and Shardul, had a hard day with the ball and both conceded runs quite heavily. Bhuvi leaked 50 runs from his 9 overs while Shardul Thakur’s 4 overs produced 41 runs! Both these pacers went wicket less in the match. India’s debutant Khaleel Ahmed bagged 3 wickets while wrist spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep, picked up 5 wickets between them.
India who were put into bat first lost Rohit Sharma in the 8th over to a miscued top-edge that got him caught at mid-off. Dhawan (127 off 120) and Rayudu (60 off 70) then stitched a 116-run stand for the 2nd wicket to stable the ship. However, a middle order failure saw India finish with just 285 for 7 on the board. They scored just 48 runs in the last 10 overs while losing 5 wickets, a sorry stat for an Indian fan.
With India winning this match, Hong Kong are knocked out of the Asia Cup tournament while India and Pakistan advance to the ‘Super Four’ stage. India and Pakistan still have a game left at the group stage and they will face each other on Wednesday (Sep 20). This was a much anticipated encounter since the announcement of tournament schedule!
India– 285/7 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan – 127, Ambati Rayudu – 60, Kinchit Khan – 3/39, Ehsan Khan – 2/65) beat Hong Kong – 259/8 in 50 overs (Nizakat Khan – 92, Anshuman Rath – 73, Yuzvendra Chahal – 3/46, K Khaleel Ahmed – 3/48) by 26 runs
Player of the Match:
Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) – 127 runs with 15 fours and 2 sixes
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench:Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah
Playing XI: Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath (c), Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed
Bench:Cameron McAulsan, Arshad Mohammad, Raag Kapur, Tanveer Ahmed, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain
** Photo credits to ESPN Cricinfo